Kibble & Prentice Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Knowledgeable staff and fun perks

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kibble & Prentice full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, casual dress policy, many bonus programs, fun office parties,great downtown location

    Cons

    Heavy work load in busy season


  2. It's ok

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    Current Employee - Benefit Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Benefit Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kibble & Prentice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are nice, the parties are fun, there is casual dress, easy pace when not busy season, good perks

    Cons

    No career advancement, low salary, management talks in circles so they don't ever have to hold to something they've said, management plays favorites with team members, busy season is long and work is not equally divided.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open-minded, fix problems when they arise, develop a career path for employees, give people raises and pay better salaries so employees can afford to live in Seattle


  3. Could be great...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cannot beat the location if you enjoy downtown Seattle. People are wonderful, Employee perks (ORCA transit card, office closing early before holidays). Awesome internal training's from the compliance department and good internal resources.

    Cons

    No employee development for those who want to advance within the company. Be ready to sink or swim as a new employee as there is no formal training. Lack of cohesiveness among teams for standard processes.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees and develop/invest in those who are interested in a long-term career at the company and in the industry. Create a streamlined training program for your newest hires. Allow staff below Account Managers to be included on certain networking functions, so they can gain more exposure to the industry. Provide challenge to those who actively seek it.


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  5. Good, sometimes

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Commute, easy downtown location. Lots of lunch and shopping options!

    Cons

    Communication isn't that great. I wish we would know the workload, especially if there is an office closing, we get dumped with the work and aren't offered over time

    Advice to Management

    Let people know what's going on! We're all in this together... Remember?!?


  6. Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has a solid industry reputation as a premier brokerage firm

    Cons

    Overworked/underpaid employees. Management tends to show favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Overall good company


  7. Insurance Broker

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Kibble & Prentice full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Trusted Employer - Community Presence - Large Portfolio

    Cons

    Corporate located on the other side of the country


  8. Difficult - what's the point?

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worker in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Worker in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, talented, driven people Exposure to carriers, employers, and other vendors

    Cons

    Drive employees to and beyond breaking points - stress, tears, and anxiety very common. Employees outside of sales are expendable. Employees consistently leave here and work less/earn more elsewhere. Never fully staffed. Always ask/demand more from you with little financial compensation, flexibility or return for your investment. A career here lasting 5 or more years not sustainable.

    Advice to Management

    None - little interest in making changes unless there's a crisis (i.e., mass exodus)


  9. Exceptionally kind people, but management is overly secretive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, excellent reputation in the community.

    Cons

    No story from management is ever the whole truth or even a version of it. The rumor mill gets going and a little transparency from management would help to shut it down, but that's not the approach that is taken. Very few career progression opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and if something can't be shared, say so instead of making up some odd story.


  10. Helpful (2)

    No opportunity for advancement for Account Managers

    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location downtown, good people except for the P&C managers. The company was purchased by USI/Goldman Sacks several years ago and now GS is selling USI. The CEO and the top managers stand to benefit from the sale but no one else will.

    Cons

    Women are not promoted and the pay divide between Account Executives and Account Managers is above the national average. Very hard to move from an account manager job (all women) to an Account Executive position (all men)

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees on merit and not on gender.


  11. Great people and a decent place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They offer a good work/life balance. Big focus on community giving and volunteering. Great group of people to work with. The employees tend to have a strong understanding of the industry and are available to help answer questions.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity, pay isn’t very competitive with the industry. Not a large focus on employee development.

    Advice to Management

    Implement programs to develop and retain your talented employees.



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